Book Review: “Fear” by Bob Woodward

fearI have heard it said that Washington is more like the foul-mouthed farce “Veep” than the scheming drama “House of Cards”, and this look at Trump’s rise to and early years in the White House would seem to back that up. Sure, there’s plenty of backstabbing and political maneuvering, but it’s hard not to feel like it’s largely just a bunch of people cursing at each other. This is a fascinating book however, and anyone with even a passing interest in what goes on inside Trump’s White House will want to check it out. Bob Woodward’s writing style can be a bit dry and matter-of-fact, but the stories he has unearthed are more than enough to keep anyone at attention. Sure, you may know about some of what is in here anyway, in particular if you follow the news at all, but the tremendous amount of research that went into this book provide fascinating new details at nearly every turn. As for the things you may not have known about before? Some of it could easily be imagined happening during any presidency, but much of it feels very unique to this one, and it’s those parts that really bring to mind the “fear” mentioned in the title. This is a major work that avoids the tabloid sensationalism of other books on our current president and is likely to remain an important document of the beginning of the Donald Trump era for some time. ★★★★ – Sean Farrell


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